Tinos Island is not like the rest of the Cyclades of the Aegean Sea. For decades it’s been a major pilgrimage site of the Greek Orthodox Church, with people gathering in its cathedral every August to make offerings to the Virgin Mary. They bring small metal representations of the things they want to ask blessing for: a ship, a house, a male or female figurine. In the past its inhabitants, calm and welcoming as the island itself, overcame their natural lack of resources founding villages high on the hills. They built terraces, stretching over the slopes, which created land for agriculture, raising flocks of pigeons on them for meat and manure. I suddenly found them everywhere in this land, so sweet and serene, so sacred, a place where one can pay respect to what he value most.
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Photography and words. Nikos Kachrimanis